Mother's job fair for children's household chores hailed as 'genius'

Mum's job fair for household chores
Shaketha's kids arrived home from school to a surprise job fair. Photo credit: Facebook.

One of the worst things about becoming an adult is that often, we're not set up for the real world and managing finances and the job market can be tough. 

A US mother has been hailed as a 'genius' for setting her kids up for success, surprising them with an after school job fair and making them 'apply' for designated household chores. 

Shaketha McGregor posted photos on Facebook of the fair she set up for her children - daughters Serinity, 6, Takeia, 10, and son Jahkeem, 13. 

"So, my children continue to ask for a new cell phone, an allowance, and to go places. Yesterday I told them that I've heard their requests," she wrote. "SURPRISE!!! It's a whole hiring event!"

"If you want it, work for it, earn it!" she added. 

Roles up for grabs included Kitchen Manager - "responsible for making sure everyone washes their own dishes and puts them away"; Lead Housekeeper - "responsible for the upkeep of living room, hallway and bathroom; and Laundry Supervisor - "responsible for making sure laundry is clean and neatly put away". 

There were application forms for each role, including a space for the desired pay rate and start date. 

For those starting off on the back foot, they could apply for finance through 'mom's credit union'. 

McGregor even posted a screenshot of the rejection letter she sent to her oldest son when he was passed over for a position for her "more qualified" younger daughter. 

The post has racked up over 200,000 likes and 130,000 shares from impressed fellow parents, who say they're going to implement the system in their own hoses. 

"This is genius. I think one of the biggest shocks coming into adulthood is realising you really have to work to live, and then how much having a job sucks, and not only that but having that job is actually a privilege and navigating the job market is sometimes even harder than the job itself," one person commented. 

"Very creative way to teach responsibility to your kids. Way to go, mom!" praised another. 

"Does this work on husbands too?" another joked.